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Thursday September 29th


The UNC Naval Armory, home to 130 ROTC students, pictured on Monday, Aug. 22, 2022.

'We will fight till the very end': NROTC defends the Naval Armory

UNC is planning to tear down the Naval Armory on campus to make room for a new Institute for Convergent Science, according to a campus plan released in 2019.  Many NROTC alumni and students, however, are speaking out against the University’s plan, citing the historical significance of the building and the comradery it allows students. 

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John Caldwell, current music ensemble teacher, teaches students at Hill Hall on Monday, Aug. 15, 2022.

‘It teaches you how to just vibe’: UNC’s Indonesian music ensemble

UNC's Nyai Saraswati Gamelan is an Indonesian musical ensemble that features melodies of male and female voices alongside dozens of unique instruments, ranging from metallophones to wooden xylophones. The instruments have been housed at the University for over 20 years since their three-month journey across the ocean from Central Java, a province of Indonesia, to Chapel Hill in December 2000. “I think it's important to UNC, because especially when it comes to music programs, they're really centered in Western art music, which is the 1600s, the 1800s, white male dominated and basically just in the United States,” said UNC music major Jaidan Pearce-Cameron.

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Community members gather to honor and demand justice for James Lewis Cates Jr. — in the 1970s at the Silent Sam statue (left) and in 2018 at temporary memorial in The Pit (right). Cates was 22-years-old when he was murdered. 

Remembering James Cates: UNC announces plans for a permanent memorial

The University announced plans to develop a permanent memorial in the Pit dedicated to James Lewis Cates Jr. last Friday. Cates — a 22-year-old Black Chapel Hill resident — was murdered by members of a white supremacist motorcycle gang after a November 1970 event on UNC's campus near the Pit. Community organizations have worked for years to demand justice for Cates and establish the permanent memorial. “It was 50 years of other people's work that ultimately got us here,” Taliajah “Teddy” Vann, UNC's student body president, said.

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Student reviews monkeypox Frequently Asked Questions on UNC's Campus Health website on Aug. 13, 2022.

UNC health experts explain the monkeypox outbreak

The recent international monkeypox outbreak prompted the federal declaration of a public health emergency.  With 138 cases reported to the CDC in North Carolina as of Aug. 13, local government authorities and University administrative members are actively working to address the situation.

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DTH File. Students mourn around a memorial for James Cates in 2018 at the site where he was killed in 1970.

University announces plans to install a permanent memorial for James Cates

The University announced Friday that it will install a permanent memorial in The Pit dedicated to James Cates. This memorial announcement comes after years of community initiatives and activism to honor Cates and bring attention to racially-motivated violence. The Cates memorial will be part of 'Build our Community Together,' one of the eight initiatives of the 'Carolina Next: Innovations for Public Good' plan to increase diversity and inclusion, the University said. The James Cates Remembrance Coalition also proposed renaming the Student Stores building after Cates in June 2021. 

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